Biology, Ecology, Education, Mathematics, Paleontology, Anthropology, Data Science, Neuroscience

Research on evolution is the foundation of biology. Because of the declining costs of DNA sequencing, and emerging tools to analyze large genomic data sets, we're now able to answer scientific questions we weren't able to in the past.

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The End of an Era: Resolving the dinosaur extinction and the beginning of the "Age of Mammals" in Northwest Argentina

The extinction of non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago paved the way for the "Age of Mammals", but the...

How can a specialized diet affect the shape of the primate neck?

The neck is involved in most everyday behaviors. Still, we do not understand how specific behaviors shape...

More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Dec 22, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Jan 04, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

This grant is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns by January 4, 2017. The project with the most backers will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

When will the grant be awarded?

On January 25th at 5PM PT, the prizes will be awarded according to the posted schedule.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

Now that the costs of sequencing genes and genomes have dropped considerably, we have more genomic data than ever and can answer broader scientific questions about the evolution of organisms.

We're seeking proposals from researchers working on well-defined research questions related to evolution, both in broad and narrow questions, from adaptive radiations to the fine-tuned engineering of bacteria to develop unique functions. You could be sequencing the genome of a species for the first time, putting together the phylogenetic tree of a specific family, using morphological studies to track development of appendages or characteristics, or uncovering the history through fossils in the fossil record. Any project working on some aspect of evolution is welcome to join.

Project Eligilibity

This grant is for projects that launch campaigns by Dec 22, 2016. The project that ends with the most backers will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

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